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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Feb. 12, 2013) – Daniel Koehler, president of Koehler Software, Inc., and former chief financial officer of Union National Bank of Little Rock, has joined the board of Southern Bancorp Inc., a family of a community development bank (the fifth largest in the United States) and a nonprofit affiliate that work in concert to revitalize underserved communities in the mid-South.

Along with serving on the board, Koehler will chair Southern’s audit committee.

“The dual mission of Southern is unique in banking, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with my fellow directors and officers in making a worthwhile contribution to communities in Arkansas and Mississippi,” said Koehler.

Prior to his banking career, Koehler was a certified public accountant with Arthur Young & Company in New York, where he divided his time between the firm’s audit and tax practices.

A graduate of Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, Koehler graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School.

He served as president of the Arkansas chapter of the Financial Executives Institute, has written software used nationally by financial firms, and is the author of four novels. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, he is married with three children.

“Southern’s unique combination of philanthropy and banking requires a depth and breadth of talent capable of balancing often competing needs in order to optimize social impact,” said Walter Smiley, chairman of Southern Bancorp Inc. “Our directors – including Daniel Koehler — have managed to strike this balance to ensure our mission thrives in times that are difficult for both community development and banking.”

Southern Bancorp, one of America’s largest and most profitable community development banks, seeks to reduce poverty by improving education and economic opportunities for individuals and families. For more information visit